Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Feb 26, 2013, 03:12 PM IST
Jaipur: Rajasthan is likely to receive some sops from railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal when he announces the 2013-14 rail budget on Tuesday.
Taking into account that Rajasthan will head to polls this year, chief minister Ashok Gehlot had presented "request slips" to Bansal to better their chances in the elections.
According to reports, the desert state is likely to get at least over a dozen new trains and half-a-dozen extensions. This when the overall number of new trains will not be more than 100 this year.
According to Times of India, Jaipur is likely to get a direct train to destinations like Lucknow and may get an extra train to Jammu.
The report claims that Bansal has been receiving requests from MPs of Rajasthan for a long time. Among them includes a request to provide an extra train between Jaipur and Jammu Tawi.
The minister is also expected to increase the frequency of Jaipur- Chennai, Jaipur- Bengaluru trains.
Other likely announcement include at least 40 DMU trains for Jodhpur, Phulera, Ajmer, Merta city and other parts of the state, claimed the paper quoting sources in the North Western Railway. There is also a possibility to announce a train connecting Pushkar with Haridwar. It is also expected that Ajmer-Haridwar train may be extended till Pushkar to facilitate the passengers of the two holy cities.
The ministery is also considering a proposal by chief minister Ashok Gehlot for an intercity train connecting Jaipur to his hometown Jodhpur.
The rail minister is also expected to announce a manufacturing unit of Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) coach factory in Bhilwara. The state government has alsready allotted land for the project and Bansal is likely to make an official announcement in this regard, the report claimed.
Other things which might get a nod from the railway minister include survey work for Pushkar-Merta route, Tonk-Deoli, Jaipur-Tonk, Ajmer-Tonk and Kota-Tonk rail routes.
This budget might have a place for Jodhpur-Phulera doubling work which will decrease the travel time between Bikaner and Jodhpur and will have a direct connectivity between the two places.